ALBANY, N.Y. - New York State Tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox says April 15, tax deadline day, should not be stressful and should be simply the final day of months of preparation.
That doesn't stop many New York tax payers from waiting until the last minute. Procrastinators now have less than a week to file.
This late in the game, the best option to file taxes is electronically. Early or late, e-filing has grown to be used by 94 percent of those who file taxes.
The shift to the internet has changed the way tax day is remembered. In past years, U.S. Post Offices would remain open late into the night and lines of people were wait to get their taxes post marked and mailed on time. E-filing has made that a thing of the past.
Commissioner Mattox encourages e-filing.
He says, "We see fewer errors on the return. There are more tools to correct math and other errors."
It's quicker too. The State Tax Department says they will mail your refund in three weeks or less.
For those who haven't started, time is ticking. Commissioner Mattox says do not miss the deadline.
"If they miss the filing deadline, that creates a whole series of complications now that we want to see taxpayers avoid. Even if they can't make payment now," says Mattox.
On paper or online, either way, the advice is to start your taxes now and get submitted by next week.
More information is available on the tax department's website.
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